Incidence of pediatric melanoma on the decline

April 9, 2015 4:59 PM

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According to a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, researchers from Case Western University and University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, have found that the incidence of pediatric melanoma in the United States has declined from 2004-2010 despite other studies indicating that the incidence has been increasing.

For the study, researchers used data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) databases to identify new cases of melanoma in pediatric patients between 2000 and 2010. Results showed that there were a total of 1,185 new cases of pediatric melanoma during that 10-year period.

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